Sunday, July 10, 2016

Pay Attention

Prior to being a student at Jung SuWon Academy of Martial Arts, and prior to being a student of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, I just lived each day as it came.  I really didn't think much about what was going on.  I just got up, and faced each day as it came.  Whether things were good or bad, and I never questioned anything.  If I felt like doing something, I would just do it.  I would call friends that of similar thinking and we would hang out together.  I wasn't shaping my world.  I was more or less, just existing, and letting outside forces determine my destiny.  I didn't have any direction, and I went any direction the wind was blowing.

I really respect Dr. Tae Yun Kim.  As I read about her life and her challenges growing up in a 3rd world country, during the Korean War, and being born into the Asian culture as a girl, I feel like I had it very easy.  Probably too easy.  The hardships and challenges she faced, help to mold her into who she is today.  She is very successful, brilliant, a great teacher, and yet has a large loving heart.

When I first met her, I was just dust in the wind.  But as I studied under her guidance, and she showed me I had great potential and abilities.  I didn't know my potential, and I didn't know how to realize that potential.  First I had to add some discipline and structure to my life.  I started training in the martial arts regularly.  I started to feel stronger and healthier.  She constantly pumped us with positive energy and positive thoughts, like, that we can accomplish many great things in our life, if we only believe, and go for it.  We regularly shouted out after each class, "He can do, She can do, Why not me!".  After a while it started to sink in.

She also taught us to meditate.  She often pointed out to us what would happen if we didn't take showers regularly.  Why do you shower, she would ask?  And after some thought, we would realize that if we didn't shower, we would smell, and be covered with dirt and bugs, and it would be a grave health concern.  So we shower regularly because it is good for us, but what about our minds, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim would ask? When and how do you wash your minds?  I never thought about that.  Wow, what have I been missing all this time?  What kind of gunk have I been collecting?  I never even thought about washing my mind.  But as I learned more and more about it, and as I practiced meditating regularly for months and months, I started to gain a greater awareness of the world around me, its influences, and my inner dialog.

Great Grandmaster's powerful message to us, was to pay attention.  Pay attention to your surroundings.  How are they effecting your thoughts and feelings?  Are you surrounding yourself with things that generate good and positive thoughts?  or negative and ugly thoughts.
What about the people you surround yourself with.  Are they helping you to support you with positive energy, or are they holding you back?  Or worse yet, are they a negative influence on your life?  So Dr. Tae Yun Kim would say "Pay Attention".  That is part of one of the Seven Steps To Inner Power, called "Truth". So by paying attention, you can discover the truth about what is affecting you, either good or bad.  Only then can you do something about it.

Thank you Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, for you incredible teachings and guidance.  These things have had a great positive effect on my life.  I am now very happy and successful.
With appreciation and honor, your student.  :)  Jung Su!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Appreciation and Gratitude - Lets go deeper

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, helps me to look deep inside myself.  Here is one of those dives.

It is easy to say, thank you, and I really appreciate something.  I have done this thousands of times. But is there a deeper meaning to this.  If you do this only once when it happens, and you forget about it?  How thankful were you really?

I can't speak for everyone, but I can speak about me.  I have said thank you many times in my life to many people.  At the time when I said it, I felt very sincere.  And if I go back in time and think about it, I will be thankful again.

But that is the point,  I never or rarely really go back in time to review, and so I really don't experience and relive those feelings of appreciation and gratitude.

I have had some a few people in my life, such as Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, that have been my teachers or mentors in life.  These people have helped me take the right paths in life.  And to be honest, many times I have taken a wrong path in life, and needed help getting back on the right track.

These can be major inflection points in your life.  They were for me.  The difference between being homeless or successful.  The difference between being happy or sad,  the difference in a happy relationship, or a damaging relationship.  We all have major inflections points in our life. What school did we go to?  What friends do we socialize with?  What relationships did we choose.  What major decisons have we made.  All these had and will have a major effect on our lives.

Most of us, would pay anything, to change from a bad relationship to a good one.  Most people desire success over failure.  So when we are miserable, we tend to think about this things, and we can get hateful and negative about the world.

On the other side, when things are going good, we tend to take things for granted.  We tend to think we somehow deserved it, or somehow we were just lucky.  But this is exactly why Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim's teaching is so powerful.  She would say to never take gifts for-granted.  Review your past and review these major inflection points in your life.  Review people that have helped you, and always remain humble.  Don't take these things for granted, or you can also lose them very quickly.

If you were lucky or fortunate enough to have taken a good path, play out in your mind the opposite set of choices.  What if you had made a bad choice.  Where would you be today?  Would your success fade away?  Would you be in a terrible divorce?  Would you be in jail or worse?  Would you be alive?  Do you see how bad it could have been?  If you truly can see this, your appreciation and gratitude to the people in your life that made a positive difference will really stand out.  I know they do for me.

Now that I am aware of this topic on a deeper level, I can't be thankful enough.  The few people that really made a difference in my life, those that reached out to me and were very patient and helpful to me, and I owe them so much.  I don't know how to ever repay them.  First, I really want to stay in this state of "thankfulness" and humbleness.  I didn't get here by myself, and I need God's help, and my teachers and coaches help.  Next I will continue to improve, and I feel that I can repay them, both thanking them again, but more importantly by continuing to do good, and helping others as they helped me.

Inspired by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Death and Taxes

There are a few things in life that we can not avoid, and a common saying in the US, is that everyone, someday, will have to confront "Death and Taxes".

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us that we all have to face 4 things in our life:
     1. Birth
     2. Aging
     3. Sickness
     4. Death

As a younger student, I only thought about the first 3.  The first one, I didn't think much about, because I was already here.  And "Aging" - when I was younger I felt like I would live forever.
And "Sickness" - I figured that I would eat good and train regularly and stay healthy.  So through arrogance, and some ignorance, I thought to myself, "don't worry, I got this".

But as I get older, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim continues to remind me about the limitation in our life.  I am almost 60 now, and so how many more healthy years left do I have?  Years, where I can move freely, drive, cook and go to the bathroom by myself.  How long can I live without the help of others?  And financially too?  Is it really worth living if you can't take care of yourself, and/ or if you are in a hospital bed hooked up to alot of hoses.  I don't want to live that way.  

So whether I like it or not, I better start confronting the truth.  As painful as it is to think about these things, I must face reality and the truth.  I must admit, it is very painful and sad, and sometimes it just doesn't make sense.  Why are we born, and work so hard to accomplish and build things, only to die and wither away?  These are deep pondering questions.  

Okay, I understand.  In this world, I will be leaving soon, and saying goodbye to this world and the people around me.  So how can I leave something special to this world and the people around me?  It is time to think about others, and not be selfish.  This is something I have to think about more.  How can I leave the special training behind that Great Grandmaster has taught me all these years?  These are thoughts for me, but for all of you.  Lets think about it before it is too late.  

I know that Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim thinks about this deeply, and really wants to dedicate her life to teaching and helping others.   I admire that greatly.  So it is time for me to start thinking that way.

On the spiritual side, it is also important to have faith and believe in something.  I strongly believe in God and Jesus, and our lives after death.  I believe that how we live our lives now, will determine where and how we are treated later.  So live good, and do good to others.  At least try.  Many times I have tried and not everyone takes it with a smile.  But at least inside, you can slept at night knowing that you really tried.

Thank you Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim for guiding me and teaching me all these years.  These teaching of the ancient martial arts must be passed on to the next generation.

With love, respect, and honor,
Ju Hahn
I am a very grateful student and warrior of Great Grandmaster 
Tae Yun Kim

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tae Yun Kim: Life is time, time is life.

I have been very fortunate to be Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim's student and instructor.  Even after many years I am still learning from her.  As we age, she emphasizes our health, and also our death.  I have never really wanted to think about death.  It feels like such a depressing subject.  But it is unselfish, practical, and fruitful to realize that our time is limited, and prepare for our eventual passing.

Just based on aging, our time is limited.  We all have limit, especially to the life we have where we can be healthy, take care of ourselves and live an active life.  So, do I have 10 years, or 20 years, or 30 years?  We all have a limit.  We are all dying.  But this has caused me to really dig deep, and try to deal with the emotion and consequences before anything happens.  I have found, there are a few major things to consider.

1. Quality vs. Quantity - For me, it is very important the quality of my time.  I don't want to be sitting at home doing nothing, or laid up sick, or unable to move.  I want to be healthy, full of energy and optimism, and my life full of purpose, meaning, and love.  I want to use my time wisely, and at the end of every day be able to say, "this was a good day".

2. Your family and loved ones - Don't be selfish.  Take the time to plan out what will happen when you pass.  Be considerate of all those around you.

2. Plan out the next 10 years of your life - If you truly realize how short life is, plan out the rest of your life.  I used to think about setting 10 and 20 year goals.  Now I have to set only 3 to 5 year goals.  It makes me more focused on my goals, and gives me more courage to achieve my goals.  It allows me to be bolder, because time is limited.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim told me that life is time, and time is life.  Don't throw it away, it is all you have.

3. Build your legacy - Think about what you will leave behind.  Did you help people?  Did you make a difference?  How do you want people to remember you?  When you look back on your own life, how do you want to remember yourself?

4. Spirituality - The closer I get to death, the more I seek a deeper relationship with God.  There is so much beauty here in this world, and I believe we are here for a greater purpose.  I believe in spirituality, and that our spirit will live on.  We must prepare ourselves for this next spiritual trip.

With love, respect, and honor,
Ju Han
Student and Warrior of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Is Science Finally Catching Up?

Science is finally catching up to the Energy teachings of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.  Is light a particle or wave?  Scientists continue to debate this subject and can’t fully understand this, but progress and advancement continues.
Now there are theories that it can be either, depending upon the surrounding environment.  That is crazy to think about.  And yet, Dr. Kim always said – “Your thoughts create your universe”, and “You are the center of your own universe”.  What if through our thoughts we can control the energy around us, and it helps to even determine the state of a light particle.  

I have been a student of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s teachings for many years, and I love the debate and the possibilities that this has opened up.  Dr. Tae Yun Kim has emphasized for years that your thoughts create your reality ( see Seven Steps to Inner Power: ).
This says that we are all co-creaters, and that what we think, and what we project through our attitudes and behaviors do change our surroundings.  Just think about the reality of that.  We can change our reality.  We can change our stars.

But many people are doubters, and say, that doesn’t really work.  You can’t really control your environment and you either get lucky or not.  What happens in the world is completely random, and your ability to affect your future is very limited.
I completely disagree with that, because I have seen the results many times. 
If I have a limited or negative view, and if I let the energy and my surroundings control me and take me down, then I live in a negative space, and many negative things happen.  My whole world seems down, and I can drop into a deep depression.

But if I live with an optimistic view, if I take control of my energy and attitudes, and generate happy feelings, I can radiate, and I can create a more peaceful, creative and happy environment.  I can wake up every day with a positive mental attitude.  Things around me will be brighter and better.

So my thoughts and attitudes do make a difference.

That is why I am so amazed at Dr. Kim’s teachings, ie., “your thoughts become your reality”.  I have experienced it so many times, and it is real and it works.  Let science continue to debate it and argue it, but I am going to live it. 

Lets take it to the extreme, what if we could actually create our afterlife, by our actions and how we think about it?  If we believe nothing exists, we may go into nothingness.  If we believe and live in a world of lying, anger, and deceit could we possibly be creating our own hell?  And yet if we believe in God, and his grace, and in a beautiful afterlife, and if we believe in a heavenly place where can be with our family and friends, could we be creating our future?

I chose to be positive and optimistic and to live a good clean life, helping others, with purpose and meaning.  What do you choose?

  There are many lessons here from Dr. Tae Yun Kim. 

1.     Your thoughts become your reality.  You are a Co-creater.  -> Your thoughts do matter.  These are seeds that manifest themselves into reality.  Watch your thoughts.  Through training you can clear your mind and make yourself calmer and more peaceful.

2.     You are the center of the universe.  You see the universe through you, and therefore you create the world around you.  Be positive and create a beautiful world for yourself.  Have faith in God, and our future.  The act of having faith in God, may be the key.  Remember if you don’t believe, that also creates your reality. 

3.      Never give up.  This is true in the physical world, but also in our spiritual world.  A situation may seem impossible, but with creative energy and the spirit of “He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!”, anything can be accomplished. 

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!”  is Dr. Kim’s motto, and was inspired from the bible, Matthew 14.27.  God teaches us to always have faith and to have courage.  We have to apply that to our lives.  She says, “Be the master of your life.”

4.    As instructors, teach and show your students how to grow and learn and improve in everything they do.  Teach them and motivate them to be positive and optimistic about their training and the world around them.  Teach them to be good to others, and only use the art in self-defense.  Teach them that their thoughts and actions do matter, and help them to develop a positive mental attitude.

Thank you.  God Bless you.
Ju Han, J

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Teach the Next Generation

Teach the Next Generation - They need our help!!!

  - Here is Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaching - she has dedicated over 40 years of her life to teaching and helping others to take charge of their lives and to me more positive.  What an incredible cause.  Dr. Kim leads by example.  It motivates me everyday to do more...

Thanks To Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim
and the Jung SuWon Academy of Martial Arts.

The Champagne Technique:

A few years back, Chairman Tae Yun Kim was helping a troubled company, called CompanyX.  CompanyX really needed cash and decided to finance the company using Factoring.  It tried to get money through normal conventional lending, like banks, but at the time they were too new, and didn’t have the appropriate track record.  On the surface, this new method of financing, Factoring, looked very attractive.  It was based on AR invoicing.  So every time the company sent out an invoice, they could get a short term loan for up to 80% of the value of the invoice. 
This gave the company the cash it needed to survive and grow.  It provided quick cash, and that was the life blood of any company.  So the company signed up and started using the Factoring money. 

But, about 1 year later, they would find out, that the details of the deal were important.  The Factoring company advertised a very low interest rate, like 1.5%.  But that rate was charged on the initial loan, and every 15 days. 

So the company moved along happily doing business.  Cash was flowing and things seemed better than ever.  But about a year or so later, cash started to become tight again.  Something didn’t seem right.  So they were driven to drive Sales harder.  But as hard as they drove, things were getting tighter and tighter.  Things were so good.  Now they were tight again, and getting tighter and tighter.  How did things get so bad again?  The stress was mounting.

In the background, unknown to CompanyX, their debt to the Factoring Company kept growing.  Finally the company called in Dr. Tae Yun Kim to help.  She recommended a financial expert who was called in to help.  They calculated that the annual percentage rate they were paying on the borrowed money was about 44%.  What?  Impossible?  But True.  Crazy.  How in today’s society is this even legal?  The going rate for money was only 10% and they were paying 44%.  It was no wonder why things were so bad.  This was in the original deal, but they didn’t pay attention.  At the time, it didn’t seem important.  They were only looking for short term relief and gain.  But now they had to pay the price.

CompanyX went to the Factoring Company and wanted to get out.  Of course it was no problem, if they paid everything off and followed the termination clauses in the contract.  But at the time, all the company wanted was cash and would do anything for it.  They never really read the contract, especially the termination agreement.  But the contract said, that when it came time to terminate, that they needed 90 day notice and they had to pay an average of the last 3 months finance charges as a “get out fee”.  Also, on top of that, since the accounting and the reporting hadn’t been perfect, the Factoring Company had the right to charge an additional $400,000 penalty, before they could terminate.  This seemed like highway robbery. 

CompanyX thought to themselves.  We have been paying them tremendous interest all this time, surely if we go to the CEO, they will cut us some slack and let us out of this contract.  Surely he will help us.  So they went to the CEO of the Factoring Company, and he explained that they had a business to run too, and they were going to follow the contract.  Sorry, but pay up, or lose your business.  Crazy, no sympathy, no help, nothing.  That is the cold business world.  Everything seemed helpless.

At this point, Dr. Kim advised them to use the Champagne Technique.  In brief, they were advised to take a big bottle of Champagne over to the Factoring company, and have a celebration with the Factoring company CEO and team, and negotiate under better conditions and energy.

But the The CEO of CompanyX never thought this would work.  The Factoring Company CEO already said he wouldn’t do it.  The CEO of CompanyX felt trapped, and thought this was going to blow up and that lawyers and law suits would be involved.  It was cost millions, and where was that going to come from?  The stress continued to build.  This situation was close to exploding.

But they followed through as Dr. Kim advised, and they took ice cream and cake and celebrated the good relationship, and thanked the Factoring Company team for helping them get to the next level.  During that time, Dr. Kim discussed off – business topics, like how their kids were doing in the martial arts, and personal things. 

Dr. Kim created the energy and conditions for creative solutions.  The contract was pulled out and all the terms were agreed to over the champagne celebration, and the $400,000 penalty was waived.  Halleluah!!!  It worked.  With the help of God, a lot of praying, Dr. Kim changed the energy of the situation, and helped create a win win solution for everyone.   It was awesomeness to the 10th degree.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim saved this company, and the company went on to be profitable and sustainable.  Yahoo!!

Summary:  There are many lessons here. 

1.     If you look for shortcuts to get ahead, make sure to look into the details.   For example, you may go to a school where you get your blackbelt sooner, but what are you sacrificing for the short term gain.  Are you really gaining anything? 
2.     Never give up.  The situation seemed impossible, but with creative energy and the spirit of “He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!”, anything can be accomplished. 

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!”  is Dr. Kim’s motto, and was inspired from the bible.  God teaches us to always have faith and to have courage.  We have to apply that to our lives.

Remember to always help others.  Self-defense usually refers to personal self-defense, but this is a case where Chairman Kim reached out to help a company struggling in business.  This business effected thousands of peoples live.  Thank you Dr. Kim for all your love and wisdom.  Thank you for teaching us to be positive in life and help others.  

Dr. Tae Yun Kim, teaches these types of lessons to many people through her Jung Suwon Academy, her books like Seven Steps to Inner Power.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is her formal title, and she makes a positive difference in millions of people's lives.  Lets all do our part and learn and help others.  
Thank you.  God Bless you.  :)